Naked News Roundup: NEDAwareness

| February 24, 2015 | 3 Comments

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Here is our collection of the latest naked news stories. This week, we’re talking about body acceptance for small penises, an end to nude photo shaming, and eating disorders because it’s National Eating Disorder Awareness Week (#NEDAwareness).


– There is a petition to designate a 1/4 mile clothing-optional beach in Caspersen Park, Florida. The petition is the work of an organization called Suncoast Naturists. It currently has 845 signatures with a goal of at least 2,000. All naturists should sign it, even if you don’t live in Florida. And even if the initiative doesn’t succeed, the petition can show that there is support for and interest in nude beaches. []

Naked Stories

– So many tourists have been getting naked at big tourist attractions that artnet is calling it a “trend.” They’re also mislabeling these people as “nudists.” (Please don’t group these idiots with us!) One recent example of this trend is the three Frenchmen who stripped down at Angkor temple in Cambodia, from a previous naked news roundup. Getting naked in a sacred temple is just really disrespectful (not to mention stupid). Let’s hope this trend fizzles out. [artnet]

– As naturists we like to believe there will come a time when everyone’s nude photos are no longer a big deal. Matt Honan at Wired thinks that time is coming sooner than we think. He argues that it’ll soon be normal to have personal nude photos online, and he calls for an end to the shame around posting and sending them. [Wired]

– Remember the Rick Owens fashion show with peekaboo penis frocks? The fashion line made an even more daring appearance for New York Fashion Week. This time one model was naked except for a robe thrown over his shoulders, and he kept his hand awkwardly cupped around his crotch. You have to wonder, was there a discussion about how much they could show? Was the fully uncovered penis decidedly forbidden? Did they consider a flesh-colored penis sock? So many questions. [mollysrunway]

Body Image

– It’s National Eating Disorder Awareness Week [Mashable]. According to the National Eating Disorder Association, eating disorders have become increasingly prevalent since the 1950’s and are estimated to affect 20 million women and 10 million men in America. Far from being limited to white people with super thin bodies, they are actually diagnosed in people of all shapes, sizes, genders, ages and backgrounds. These are serious illnesses, and we need to talk about them more often. Our new feminist comedian friend Jessie Kahnweiler is trying to fund what looks like a promising comedic series about her experience with bulimia. Also, here is a collection of 17 stories of eating disorder survival. [BuzzFeed]

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NEDAwareness: “35% of ‘normal’ dieters progress to disordered eating.’


– Looking for inspiration to get more naked? Here’s a nude-photo series of regular people celebrating the skin they’re in. “When we get naked, emotionally and physically, we create a space for others to do the same.” [Elephant Journal]

– A British poet named Ant Smith is making it his mission to help men with small penises feel better about themselves. On March 7 he’s throwing a clothing-optional “big small penis party” for men to celebrate their small packages. It’s pretty odd how he plans to determine the entry fee for each person (the bigger the penis, the higher the fee), but it sounds like he has a body-positive, lighthearted approach to it all. He wants to celebrate body diversity. Women can also attend for free. [Jezebel]


– Photographer Amanda Charchian is showcasing some interesting nude photography at a NY gallery. About her work she says, “For years, I have been preoccupied by the idea of pheromones and the emissions of our bodies as extrasensory devices of communication. Clothes distract from that. I am interested in photographing the part of a person that cannot be expressed solely with speech or a look from the eye. One’s nude body cannot convey a character it does not actually, for lack of a better word, ’embody.'” More work can be seen on her website. [HuffPost]


– A sex education channel called Let’s Talk Sex interviewed a lifelong naturist named Amy about naturism and nude yoga. Amy is based in Florida where she teaches nude yoga. She gives a short and to-the-point interview. On the swinger question, I would just say that it’s better to acknowledge some nudists are also swingers. What really matters is that people know how to behave in a naturist setting, regardless of what their sex life entails.

– Televangelist and lunatic bigot Pat Robertson gave a surprisingly sane answer to a question about nudity on TV. He says, “The human body per se isn’t necessarily dirty; it’s what our minds make of it.” (via All Nudist.)

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  • mpapai Nudist clubs should send out links their newsletters, rather than print something for a bulletin board. For certain online petitions, physical signatures don’t matter or can’t be added…Nudists clubs and resorts’ lack of online presence is a problem.

  • JohnAP Thank you for this thoughtful comment. I actually didn’t read the comments about Amanda’s work, but did notice and consider the slender size of all her models before sharing it…I like her art, but I did wish it featured bodies of other shapes, sizes and colors. Her other projects feature the same thin body type. But ultimately I decided to share it anyway because this isn’t a “body-positive” project, it’s art. I have to assume her choice of models is due to an artistic choice and not because those are the most socially acceptable, desired bodies. (I hope.)
    Art shouldn’t be required to show body diversity or certain body types…that would be limiting freedom of expression. But mainstream media / advertising on the other hand, they can be held to certain standards, and so can naturist sites! It’s one of my biggest pet peeves when naturists preach body acceptance but only show one type of body in what they share or publish. Ugh.
    It’s also interesting that one person would say all you have to do is photograph naked women and you’ll end up featured on HuffPo as an artist. I haven’t noticed that kind of bias, but it could very well be there. Of course photos of naked women can all be called art, but doesn’t mean it’s all good art! In this case I’d say Charcian’s work is without a doubt “art,” and I still like it, body types aside.

  • JohnAP

    For once, the comments on Amanda Charchian’s photography were worth looking at. Jim Ullmer has simple tastes, and he liked it: “I don’t know about everyone else but I enjoy seeing a woman nude.” So there’s a happy guy.

    But then there were people like T. J. Guinard, who said, “A
    shortcut to being a “fine art” photographer. Take photos of naked
    females. That’s it, you are officially an “artist” and will have them
    featured on this website. Tell me this. Are these photos of the same
    quality of you replace the nude females with inanimate objects? Spoiler
    alert: No. That’s all they really have to offer.” And Judith Ammar, with “Charming – like non-violent fashion photography without clothes – and that’s it. Frankly, when I saw the very young red head and her equally slender
    playmates, followed by the possible addition of a few years and melanin, I had no interest in whatever language situated these pictures in a
    discussion of nudity or women.”
    Some day I’d like to see a feminist-oriented analysis of “naturist images” or the pictures we point out to each other, and perhaps there’d be a few questions asked. Like why is it always so predictably young conventionally attractive women who are featured, when naturists keep saying “Every body is a good body”? We might have a different approach but in fact when it’s art, we aren’t making any waves.

    Are the Guerrilla Girls still active? I’m sure they’d have a response.